Sean Lane has been described as "a pianist of remarkable lyricism and sensitivity," "a gifted composer", and he and his band have been nominated "Best Jazz Duo-Group" multiple times by the Washington Area Music Association. Sean has been part of the Baltimore/Washington DC music scene for over a decade, all the while building on his love for music that started as a child.
Growing up in a diverse neighborhood, Sean was surrounded by various genres of music: Jazz, R&B, Classical, and Popular. Born and raised in Schenectady, NY, Sean recalls learning melodies from his mother and plunking out songs he heard on the radio at the age of six. His passion for music continued to flourish and when he turned seven he began taking piano lessons. It was really during his years as a teen that his love of Jazz music began to develop. Sean pulled from his father's old records and performances he saw at a local restaurant for inspiration.
Sean went on to earn degrees in piano and music therapy from SUNY-Fredonia, where he studied with pianist Robert Jordan. He also earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland where he took classical piano lessons with Bradford Gowen and studied jazz with Ron Elliston.
Sean has played both small and large venues throughout the Washington area as both a soloist and as a member of groups, such as Jazzwerx and, his current band, the Bay Jazz Project. With a repertoire that includes jazz standards, smooth jazz, rhythm and blues, Dixieland, and even covers of favorite Beatles' songs, Sean's music offers something for everyone. "I think that we're a melding of styles. We bring a certain energy you wouldn't necessarily think of with a Jazz band," he says.
Sean has performed at six Presidential inaugural events, the Watergate Hotel, the Kennedy Center, One Step Down, Blues Alley, Takoma Station, The National Press Club, Constitution Hall, Camden Yards, Merriweather Post Pavillion and numerous regional and local jazz festivals. For many years, Sean held the position of lead pianist at Nordstrom in Annapolis and regularly plays piano at hotels and restaurants in the area. Also, Sean was requested to play piano at several private and public events commemorating the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
To date, Sean has released four albums: Request For Romance (2002), Crying Blue Sky (2006), …And Miles To Go (2011), and his most recent album, Runnin' To Riverside (2012). Each album is unique and features a compilation of original songs as well as Sean's take on some classics. Sean has also worked with a diverse array of accomplished artists including Smooth Jazz artist Walter Beasley, Straight Ahead jazz great Jim Snidero and soulful DC vocalist, Mary Ann Redmond, He says, "I feel like I have something to say through music. I really try to surround myself with talented musicians who have something to say too."
Sean currently lives in Crofton, Maryland with his wife and two sons.